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The Mansion by revalismith@gmail.com2014-03-21 19:06:10

revalismith@gmail.com
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Duplo
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I'm guessing that the Mansion has some historical significance but I don't know what it is. Could someone enlighten me? I don't think you can visit it but can you look at it from the outside?
 
re: The Mansion by Greg2014-03-22 15:38:00

Greg
Winter Haven, Florida

Master Builder
1451 Posts
There's a thread on it here:

http://www.legolandphotos.com/board/thread.php?Thread=6217
 
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re: The Mansion by Sean2014-03-22 17:27:00

Sean

--Guest--
In the 1940s, John Snively (a pioneer in the citrus industry) built a New Orleans style home on Lake Eloise. According to John "Jack" Snively IV, the great-great-grandson of John Snively, the property once had many more buildings that have long since been torn down. They included a wash house, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a guest house, quarters for the household staff and horse stables.

The exterior of the home was originally red brick. When the Dick Pope Sr. family expanded Cypress Gardens and purchased the Snively home and property in the 1970s, huge columns and a white facade were added to create a Georgian mansion that resembled the "Tara" home from the 1939 movie "Gone With the Wind.. Pope said the pillars proved the most difficult task in the restoration of the mansion. Nearly a year of searching took place before a company was located that had been making authentic columns since the 1870s.

In 1976, the Magnolia Mansion (then called the Southern Mansion) housed memorabilia for the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. In 1985, after HBJ bought Cypress Gardens, a sinkhole opened under the biggest restaurant in the park, forcing park officials to look for restaurant facilities elsewhere in the park. As a result, Cypress Gardens officials decided to use the Southern Mansion and had the Hall of Fame moved elsewhere.

When Anheuser Busch Co.owned the park from 1989 to 1995, they added a collection of displays and memorabilia to the mansion that talked about various A-B companies. They also added a bar (known as the Hospitality Center) where guests could sample free Anheuser-Busch products. After Busch sold the park, the Southern Mansion was later used to house an extensive Gone With the Wind memorabilia collection until the park closed in 2003.
 
re: The Mansion by Dave Barmore2016-04-02 10:35:57

Dave Barmore

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Snively was the famous Gram Parson's grandfather and died when he was 12. Sadly, his father died 12 months later.
 



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